Drink Driving in Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire
Get caught driving over the legal alcohol limit, and you’ll be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months unless you can provide the court with ‘special reasons’ not to ban you. Our Barristers can explore special reasons with you and, where applicable, use them to help reduce the risk of a drink driving ban.
Drink Driving Penalties
The penalties for drink driving vary, according to how far over the legal alcohol limit you were, the circumstances of your offence, and your previous driving record. However, unless special reasons not to disqualify you exist, you can expect to receive:
- a driving ban of between 12 and 36 months, and
- a fine,
- community penalty, or
- up to 26 weeks custody in the most serious cases.
If this is your second drink driving offence within 10 years, you will be disqualified for between 36 and 60 months.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Drink driving offences carry severe penalties. For many people, a driving ban can have a disastrous impact on their life, and that of those around them. We therefore always recommend that you speak to one of our Barristers before deciding what to do about a drink-driving ban. We can help you understand the legal process, as well as explore the possibilities of making a special reasons argument.
It is especially important to seek legal advice if your drink driving offence involved any of the following:
- a very high alcohol reading,
- a careless or dangerous driving charge,
- an accident,
- injury to a passenger, another driver or a pedestrian, or
- damage to property.